David Errington takes a peak at the new Corsa VXR…
The new boisterous teen in Vauxhall’s range will be in showrooms in May, priced from £17,995 OTR – that’s right, it’s the Corsa VXR!
Vauxhall revealed the car, now in its second generation, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, in March.
Vauxhall’s official on-the-road price £17,995 has been reduced by over £1,000 versus the outgoing model, making it less expensive than its rivals including the VW Polo GTi, RenaultSport Clio and Ford Fiesta ST2.
An optional VXR Performance Pack is available to customer to specify for £2,400. This package is the equivalent of the previous Nürburgring/Clubsport car, but £2,000 less. The new Performance Pack offers a trick Limited Slip Diff’ (LSD), four-pot Brembo brakes with 330mm rotors on the front axle, tweaked Koni suspension and stickier Michelin Pilot Supersport tyres.
The newest addition to the VXR line-up boasts ballsy figures of: 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds, 205hp, and 180 lb ft. A new overboost facility gives the driver access to a further 25 lb ft for swift and safe overtaking. Vauxhall have claimed 37.7mpg, combined – we’ll see how true that is when the car comes to market.
Vauxhall/Opel’s Director of Performance Cars and Motorsport, Volker Strycek, said:
“The new Corsa VXR actually makes its predecessors look almost ordinary. Improved power delivery across the entire rev band, more power especially at low revs and moderate consumption for a car with this performance including compliance with Euro-6 emissions standard make the Corsa VXR a benchmark in its class.”
Testament to the engineers behind the new car is the improved responsiveness at low revs and the ability to extract more power higher up the rev range. This is thanks to: new fuel injectors, managed by the car’s ECU, ensuring a more precise and finer delivery of fuel and a new intake leading directly to the turbocharger. An uprated intercooler is also used.
Helping the car to exhale is a newly developed Remus exhaust system. Its manifold integrates a turbocharger and the new Corsa VXR is exactly in line with legal pass-by-noise regulations.
New chassis set up, developed with Koni features Frequency Selective Damping, which adapts to the driver’s inputs. Body control is ensured whilst driven more aggressively, yet composure and ride quality are not compromised at lower speeds. The system is entirely mechanic, so feedback is guaranteed. Ride height is lowered by 10mm all round.
A new rear axle and torsion profile rod, with new geometry provides a modified roll rate and improved responsiveness over the outgoing model.
Vauxhall is offering a newly developed two-stage electronic stability programme (ESP) traction control (TC) for the new Corsa VXR. In Competition Mode, the traction control is inactive, while the ESP reels in its control. The ESP system can be fully switched off for track use.
The new Corsa VXR comes with a good deal of standard equipment. A new panoramic glass roof is now available, whereas this was only previously available on the Corsa VXR Arctic Edition.
Standard equipment includes:
- VXR body kit
- Dual Remus exhaust system
- LED daytime running lights
- Bi-xenon headlights
- Recaro shell-backed cloth sports seats with Morrocana-trimmed side bolsters and integral head restraints
- Three-spoke flat-bottomed leather covered sports steering wheel
- Unique VXR instrument panel
- Unique short-throw VXR gear lever
- Sports pedals
- VXR alloy-effect door sill covers
- Heated windscreen
- IntelliLink infotainment system
- Remote control security alarm system
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control and trip computer